Currently the EU Commission is considering whether a neighbouring right for publishers – whether in the press sector alone or also other sectors – should be proposed for adoption at the EU level. Against this background, this talk discusses: (1) the compatibility with EU law of national legislative initiatives that have resulted in the creation of ad hoc rights for press publishers; and (2) whether a neighbouring right for publishers may be adopted at the EU level and, if so, what changes of the copyright acquis are required. It concludes that, while the former may be contrary to Member States’ obligations under EU law, the latter may be pursued by amending relevant directives.
Dr holds a lectureship in intellectual property (IP) law at the University of Southampton, a guest lecturer in copyright law at EDHEC Business School, and is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (Oxford University Press). Previously she was a post-doctoral legal research associate at the University of Cambridge, and worked in the IP departments of Bird&Bird LLP in Milan and London. Eleonora has authored several contributions on IP issues, and regularly contributes to specialist blogs and , for which she reports and comments on IP-related news from all over the world.